Returning War Contractors Face Second Battle, Against AIG
They are also heroes, Pitts believes. “There’s never been a report of our supply lines being broken because the contractors wouldn’t go out and risk being blown up. They have been brave beyond belief — they should get a chest full of medals every time they go outside the wire.”
Pitts has championed the cause of contractors beyond courtrooms to the floor of the United States Congress, where he was invited to address the House Oversight Reform Committee, proposing a potential solution to AIG’s foot-dragging and slow paying.
“Let’s say the insurance company has a frivolous defense,” he says. You always hear about frivolous cases, right? But let’s say the insurance company has a frivolous defense, or no defense. I mean, they can just shamefacedly say, ‘Well, we are just denying the case,’ and then just not do anything, like they did with the guy living in his car who got hit by the mortar.
“At the end of the day, all the judge can make them do is what they should have done to begin with,” he continues. “There’s no penalty. There’s interest, but it’s at short-term U.S. Treasury rates, which are .02 percent or something. So the only downside for them just drawing these cases out and just using the money in the meantime — while you’re suffering, they’re getting interest and dividends on your money, right? The only downside is that they have to pay lawyers for their time in holding them down and making them pay.”
And so he proposed to Congress his solution: “If there’s a frivolous defense, why can’t you let the judge tack on a 15 percent penalty or something to hit them in the pocketbook?”
Perhaps on the grounds of unnecessary pain and suffering. Both Boiles and Enzweiler claimed that AIG’s intransigence exacerbated their conditions. Boiles said that had AIG sprung for either putting him in traction for a time or giving him an epidural steroid shot, he might never have needed surgery on his disk, and he would have been spared many, many months of agonizing pain.
The surgery was in large part a success, he says now. “That relieved a lot of pain,” he says. “I’ve still got a lot of pain down the back of my leg and into my foot, but a lot of it is relieved.” Since he now takes hydrocodone three times a day to deal with that pain, he can no longer get a commercial driver’s license. His trucking days are over, so it’s a good thing he’s now getting his disability pension.
As is Enzweiler. Even so, he seems likely to carry his grudge against AIG to the grave. “This was a gut-wrenching, horrible, horrible thing to go through. In my opinion, it only exacerbated whatever conditions I may have.
“As a Christian man, I pray that one day I will have peace, but right now I don’t.” (Click HERE for original article)